Ph.D. 2003 Human Development and Family Studies-Life Span specialization, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
M.A. 1994 Gerontology, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO
B.A. 1992 Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
- Susan Collins is an Assistant Professor of Gerontology, and Gerontology Program Coordinator, in the School of Human Sciences at the University of Northern Colorado. Dr. Collins teaches graduate courses in Gerontology, and undergraduate courses in Human Services at UNC. Her classes are held both on-campus and online. She also supervises gerontology practicum and internship courses.
- Dr. Collins serves on the Advisory Council of Weld County RSVP, the Weld County Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Task Force, and the collaborative planning committee for the annual Rocky Mountain Conference on Aging, along with representatives from Larimer County Cooperative Extension and CSU. She serves the University on the Internal Review Board for research, the Graduate Council, and as UNC representative for the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.
- Dr. Collins has publications in research and teaching journals, and has made presentations at professional conferences of the Gerontological Society of America, the American Society on Aging, the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, and the Midwest Sociological Society. She also conducts invited presentations of her research to aging network professionals. Those research interests include: individual development within a life span context; attachment relationships in later life; use and decision-making regarding formal services for elders, volunteering in later life, and quality of life related to aging network services.